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    FREE NASM Study Guide + NASM Practice Test + Flashcards

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      Intro to the NASM CPT Study Materials

      My Bitmoji counterpart will be walking you through the NASM CPT study guide to make sure that you are on track for passing the NASM CPT exam. Say hello to Tyler-Moji.
      Your Guide for NASM

      If you are undecided on which personal trainer certification to choose, I suggest you take the quiz to find out which Cert is the best fit for you.

      This study guide covers the most recent volumes of the textbook: NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training 7th Edition and 6th Edition.

      This page contains links to the study guide for each chapter in the NASM textbook, a NASM practice test as well as a full NASM flashcards bundle.

      On top of this, each individual chapter has it’s own practice quiz and its own NASM flashcard study bundle for that particular chapter. Let’s get studying! 🤓

      Top 10 secrets for passing the NASM CPT Exam (Video)

      10 Secrets to Pass the NASM Exam in 2021 - NASM Practice Tests + Study Guide 💯

      Download the tips in PDF form here

      FREE NASM CPT Study Guide: 7th and 6th Edition 2022

      There are two current valid versions to use for studying. The newest edition is the 7th in 2022.

      This is the one you are using if you are logged on to the NASM study portal. The 6th edition, while dated, is still valid for use with the exam.

      We have separate guides, so make sure to choose the one that coincides with your book.

      NASM study guide

      NASM 7th Edition CPT Study Guide

      NASM 6th Edition Study Guide

      FREE NASM Practice Test: 7th Edition 2022

      NASM Practice Test

      This test is formatted the same way as the real test, with the questions (and their relative % on the test) coming from the following sections.

      The Sixth Edition is broken up in this order:

      • Domain 1: Basic and applied sciences in nutritional concepts (15%)
      • Domain 2: Assessment (16%)
      • Domain 3: Program design (20%)
      • Domain 4: Exercise technique and training instruction (24%)
      • Domain 5: Client relations in behavioral coaching (15%)
      • Domain 6: Professional development and responsibility (10%)

      The Seventh Edition is broken up in this order:

      • Domain 1: Professional development and responsibility (10%)
      • Domain 2: Client relations in behavioral coaching (15%)
      • Domain 3: Basic and applied sciences in nutritional concepts (15%)
      • Domain 4: Assessment (16%)
      • Domain 5: Exercise technique and training instruction (24%)
      • Domain 6: Program design (20%)

      NASM CPT Practice Exam

      1 / 60

      When the body is trying to regulate its temperature correctly, which sensory receptors does it rely on?

      2 / 60

      What is the main characteristic of motor (efferent) neurons?

      3 / 60

      Which of the following is not one of the 3 major muscle types in the Human body?

      4 / 60

      Within the muscle, where does the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide take place?

      5 / 60

      If there is not enough oxygen when sprinting or when first beginning to exercise, which of the following is created?

      6 / 60

      Shoulder abduction is a result of the force-coupling between which muscles?

      7 / 60

      All of the following motions occur in the sagittal plane except:

      8 / 60

      Which of the following initiates the electrical impulses that determine the heart rate?

      9 / 60

      Which of the following is not a characteristic of Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers?

      10 / 60

      During a biceps curl, the triceps brachii would be considered what type of mover?

      11 / 60

      Which of the following is not a characteristic of Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers?

      12 / 60

      In upper crossed syndrome, all of the following are overactive muscles in the head and neck except:

      13 / 60

      What position does wearing shoes with a high heel put the ankle in?

      14 / 60

      In what two ways should a fitness professional observe a client's posture and alignment patterns?

      15 / 60

      Which of the following is not a kinetic chain checkpoint term?

      16 / 60

      Which of the following assessments would be most appropriate for an obese individual?

      17 / 60

      Which of the following is considered a best practice for a personal trainer?

      18 / 60

      Which movement compensation might occur during an overhead squat assessment?

      19 / 60

      What might upper extremity exercise result in for an individual with lung disease?

      20 / 60

      All of the following are causes of restrictive lung disease except:

      21 / 60

      All of the following flexibility exercises are recommended for pregnant women except:

      22 / 60

      Which of the following populations should avoid the Valsalva maneuver?

      23 / 60

      What is autogenic inhibition?

      24 / 60

      Clients seeking strength gains should primarily exercise in what cardiorespiratory zone?

      25 / 60

      Which of the following is not a primary muscle of the global stabilization system?

      26 / 60

      What makes "multiplanar single-leg box hop-down with stabilization" a balance-power exercise?

      27 / 60

      What type of contraction do quick, powerful movements, such as those found during reactive training, involve first?

      28 / 60

      According to the principle of adaptation, which of the following is true?

      29 / 60

      When using the light-to-heavy system training protocol, how many sets are in an exercise?

      30 / 60

      What is another term for the preparatory period in a traditional periodization model?

      31 / 60

      How many different core training movements should be used in each training session of Phase 1?

      32 / 60

      What is the repetition range in the stabilization endurance phase of the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model?

      33 / 60

      Which type of resistance exercises are specific to Phase 2?

      34 / 60

      What kind of flexibility work should be used in Phase 4?

      35 / 60

      Which of the following is an example of a multi-joint exercise in the stabilization level?

      36 / 60

      If an individual is performing self-myofascial release (SMR), what is the minimum amount of time to sustain pressure on a tender spot?

      37 / 60

      In pronation distortion syndrome, which of the following altered joint mechanics is present?

      38 / 60

      Which of the following is a concern during the ball crunch exercise?

      39 / 60

      All of the following are acute variables for balance-stabilization training except:

      40 / 60

      Reactive training enhances all of the following neuromuscular responses except:

      41 / 60

      Which of the following best describes quickness?

      42 / 60

      Which of the following dictates the mechanical specificity of the training protocol for a client?

      43 / 60

      Which of the following is an example of a closed-chain exercise?

      44 / 60

      Which of the following is an advantage of strength machines?

      45 / 60

      Which of the following is an advantage of using free weights?

      46 / 60

      Which of the following is the correct name of the training system in which an individual performs one set of each exercise?

      47 / 60

      Balance is influenced by all of the following factors except:

      48 / 60

      Which of the following is a total body stabilization exercise?

      49 / 60

      Which of the following best describes instrumental support?

      50 / 60

      Why is it important to review previous exercise experience with clients?

      51 / 60

      How does exercise promote a positive mood?

      52 / 60

      Which of the following is an example of emotional support?

      53 / 60

      In which stage of the Stages of Change model would it be beneficial for a client to build a social support network?

      54 / 60

      If a client states that they want to win a step competition among their peer group, what type of goal is that?

      55 / 60

      Which is the primary reason that certification is an important component of becoming a personal trainer?

      56 / 60

      Which of the following marketing P's refers to the communication information about a product or service?

      57 / 60

      Which of the following is a major reason why a sale does not close?

      58 / 60

      Why is an accredited certification the ideal education option for an aspiring fitness professional?

      59 / 60

      If emotions such as anxiety or depression become debilitating to a client, what should the fitness professional do?

      60 / 60

      Which of the following considerations applies to a fitness professional seeking employment at a large-scale commercial fitness club?

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      NASM Practice Tests Answers below ⬇️ (Don’t Peek Until After!) 🙄

      Q1: When the body is trying to regulate its temperature correctly, which sensory receptors does it rely on?
      A1: Thermoreceptors

      Q2: What is the main characteristic of motor (efferent) neurons?
      A2: They stimulate muscle contraction and create movement

      Q3: Which of the following is not one of the 3 major muscle types in the Human body?
      A3: Striated

      Q4: Within the muscle, where does the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide take place?
      A4: Within the capillaries

      Q5: If there is not enough oxygen when sprinting or when first beginning to exercise, which of the following is created?
      A5: Lactic acid

      Q6: Shoulder abduction is a result of the force-coupling between which muscles?
      A6: Deltoid and rotator cuff

      Q7: All of the following motions occur in the sagittal plane except:
      A7: Side bends

      Q8: Which of the following initiates the electrical impulses that determine the heart rate?
      A8: Sinoatrial (SA) node

      Q9: Which of the following is not a characteristic of Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers?
      A9: Slow to fatigue

      Q10: During a biceps curl, the triceps brachii would be considered what type of mover?
      A10: Antagonist

      Q11: Which of the following is not a characteristic of Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers?
      A11: Slow to fatigue

      Q12: In upper crossed syndrome, all of the following are overactive muscles in the head and neck except:
      A12: Deep cervical flexors

      Q13: What position does wearing shoes with a high heel put the ankle in?
      A13: A plantar flexed position

      Q14: In what two ways should a fitness professional observe a client’s posture and alignment patterns?
      A14: Statically and dynamically

      Q15: Which of the following is not a kinetic chain checkpoint term?
      A15: Core

      Q16: Which of the following assessments would be most appropriate for an obese individual?
      A16: Rockport walk test

      Q17: Which of the following is considered a best practice for a personal trainer?
      A17: Screen a client for exercise limitations

      Q18: Which movement compensation might occur during an overhead squat assessment?
      A18: Excessive forward lean

      Q19: Which of the following considerations applies to a fitness professional seeking employment at a large-scale commercial fitness club?
      A19: Focusing on sales

      Q20: What might upper extremity exercise result in for an individual with lung disease?
      A20: Onset of dyspnea earlier than usual

      Q21: All of the following are causes of restrictive lung disease except:
      A21: Asthma

      Q22: All of the following flexibility exercises are recommended for pregnant women except:
      A22: Dynamic stretching

      Q23: Which of the following populations should avoid the Valsalva maneuver?
      A23: Individuals with hypertension

      Q24: What is autogenic inhibition?
      A24: A process where tension impulses are greater than contraction impulses, leading to relaxation of the muscle

      Q25: Clients seeking strength gains should primarily exercise in what cardiorespiratory zone?
      A25: Zone 2

      Q26: Which of the following is not a primary muscle of the global stabilization system?
      A26: Latissimus dorsi

      Q27: What makes “multiplanar single-leg box hop-down with stabilization” a balance-power exercise?
      A27: It utilizes multiple planes of motion and requires force production followed by stabilization

      Q28: What type of contraction do quick, powerful movements, such as those found during reactive training, involve first?
      A28: Eccentric contraction

      Q29: According to the principle of adaptation, which of the following is true?
      A29: Adaptation manifests as the primary goal of exercise programs

      Q30: When using the light-to-heavy system training protocol, about how many sets are in an exercise?
      A30: 4 to 6 sets

      Q31: What is another term for the preparatory period in a traditional periodization model?
      A31: Anatomic adaptation

      Q32: How many different core training movements should be used in each training session of Phase 1?
      A32: 1-4 core-stabilization movements

      Q33: What is the repetition range in the stabilization endurance phase of the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model?
      A33: 12-20 repetitions

      Q34: Which type of resistance exercises are specific to Phase 2?
      A34: Supersets with stabilization

      Q35: What kind of flexibility work should be used in Phase 4?
      A35: SMR and active flexibility with 1-2 sets of 5-10 repetitions with 1-2 second holds

      Q36: Which of the following is an example of a multi-joint exercise in the stabilization level?
      A36: Standing overhead press

      Q37: If an individual is performing self-myofascial release (SMR), what is the minimum amount of time to sustain pressure on a tender spot?
      A37: 30 seconds

      Q38: In pronation distortion syndrome, which of the following altered joint mechanics is present?
      A38: Increased knee adduction

      Q39: Which of the following is a concern during the ball crunch exercise?
      A39: Tilting the chin up toward the ceiling

      Q40: All of the following are acute variables for balance-stabilization training except:
      A40: Intensity

      Q41: Reactive training enhances all of the following neuromuscular responses except:
      A41: Joint stability

      Q42: Which of the following best describes quickness?
      A42: The ability to react with velocity to a stimulus and appropriately change the motion of the body

      Q43: Which of the following dictates the mechanical specificity of the training protocol for a client?
      A43: A client’s fitness goals and physical capabilities

      Q44: Which of the following is an example of a closed-chain exercise?
      A44: Push-up

      Q45: Which of the following is an advantage of strength machines?
      A45: They provide various intensities in one weight stack

      Q46: Which of the following is an advantage of using free weights?
      A46: They allow clients to move in multiple planes of motion

      Q47: Which of the following is the correct name of the training system in which an individual performs one set of each exercise?
      A47: Single-set system

      Q48: Balance is influenced by all of the following factors except:
      A48: Weight

      Q49: Which of the following is a total body stabilization exercise?
      A49: Ball squat, curl to press

      Q50: Which of the following bestdescribes instrumental support?
      A50: Individuals or groups that remove tangible barriers to exercise, such as transportation

      Q51: Why is it important to review previous exercise experience with clients?
      A51: It helps the trainer identify successful approaches to exercise

      Q52: How does exercise promote a positive mood?
      A52: Exercise can trigger endorphin release

      Q53: Which of the following is an example of emotional support?
      A53: Praising a client for showing up and working hard

      Q54: In which stage of the Stages of Change model would it be beneficial for a client to build a social support network?
      A54: Preparation

      Q55: If a client states that they want to win a step competition among their peer group, what type of goal is that?
      A55: Product goal

      Q56: Which is the primary reason that certification is an important component of becoming a personal trainer?
      A56: A certification indicates knowledge of proper assessment and instruction for safe and effective workouts

      Q57: Which of the following marketing P’s refers to the communication information about a product or service?
      A57: Promotion

      Q58: Which of the following is a major reason why a sale does not close?
      A58: The product/service did not have enough value

      Q59: Why is an accredited certification the ideal education option for an aspiring fitness professional?
      A59: Certification with accreditation from a third party is required by most gyms and health clubs

      Q60: If emotions such as anxiety or depression become debilitating to a client, what should the fitness professional do?
      A60: Refer the client to a licensed psychologist or healthcare professional

      NASM Flashcards for 6th Edition Textbook

      NASM Flashcards

      The NASM flashcard set below contains 130 flashcards from all 20 chapters of the free NASM study guide above.

      You can either study them right off the bat or come back to them after you have finished all 20 chapters of the study guide.

      If you would like to study flashcards for a particular chapter, go to that particular chapter’s study guide (links above) and you will find flashcards at the bottom of each chapter.

      NASM Study Tips

      NASM study tips

      The NASM study guide on this page is meant to complement the full sixth or seventh edition textbook from NASM. It is not meant to be studied by itself without the primary textbook and I provide specific references to tables/specific pages of the textbook throughout the guide to point you in the right direction for studying.

      To download the tips from the video above in PDF form, click here.

      If you are still are not sure whether or not NASM is the right certification for you, I recommend Take the quiz to find which certification best fits your training style.

      Another NASM Study Guide

      The NASM study guide that I have on this page is a great place to start while studying for the National Academy of sports medicine exam.

      That being said, this study guide does not really pinpoint exactly what you need to study in order to pass the NASM exam. It basically goes over everything, but in general, is slightly disorganized compared to other high-grade study guides out there.

      If you want a study guide that points out exactly what is needed to pass the exam, I suggest checking out the Trainer Academy study guide.

      Check out my review on Trainer Academy right here.

      More NASM Practice Tests

      The NASM practice test on this page only includes 50 questions and answers.

      If you want to get a full grasp of all of the possible questions that can be asked on the exam, I suggest picking up additional practice tests as well. These are incredibly important because they really let you know if you are fully prepared to take the real final exam.

      I know tons of students I have failed income to me asking me why. The biggest reason is that they did not take enough practice exams in order to gauge if they were really prepared or not.

      I suggest the Trainer Academy practice tests as they let you know which chapters/domains you are doing good or bad in and they have over 800 questions in total.

      NASM Smart Flashcards

      Using smart flashcards or spaced repetition flashcards are one of the biggest tips I have to my students that are studying for NASM.

      Spaced repetition flashcards are basically flashcards that use an algorithm in order to show you the most important cards for you.

      That system works like this: The intelligent flashcards learn which cards are difficult for you as well as which cards are hard for you to memorize. It will then repeatedly show you the difficult cards until they become easier and easier. On the other hand, easy cards will be shown less and less because you already have them memorized.

      This is a huge timesaver overall and will dramatically decrease the overall study time for the NASM exam.

      NASM Memorization Mnemonics

      Fun, interesting and memorable mnemonics are one of the other great NASM study tips I have for my students.

      Memorizing difficult topics such as the overhead squat assessment can be extremely tiresome and difficult to memorize.

      Creating interesting and fun mnemonics is the best way to go about memorizing these difficult concepts. It is especially very helpful for the underactive and overactive muscles of the postural assessments.

      If you are going to create these mnemonics yourselves, try to make them as weird as you possibly can. The weirder the better!

      If you want a NASM pass guarantee, check out the team over at Trainer Academy.

      They offer study material such as a fantastic study guide, five full practice tests, spaced repetition flashcards study, study mnemonics, muscle coloring books, study blueprints, and study cheat sheets.

      NASM CPT Cheat Sheet

      Another helpful study device would be a cheat sheet that contains all of the most vital information to help with the exam.

      This has all of the information in one single page to help with practice tests and other study times. This is best with things like formulas, mnemonics, etc.

      Check our free NASM CPT Cheat Sheet out by clicking the button right below!

      FREE NASM CPT 7th Edition Study Guide 2022

      We have put together a free study guide to accompany the latest edition of the NASM materials and follow along with their own textbook.

      Check out our study guide starting with chapter one by clicking the button right below.

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      FREE NASM CPT Study Guide (older edition)

      We also have the older study guide to accompany the previous version of the NASM program materials.

      If you’d like to check that out, click the link right below!

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      106 thoughts on “FREE NASM Study Guide + NASM Practice Test + Flashcards for 2022”

          1. Hey, Tyler what is your review and thought about K11 school of fitness science it is present in India it is most popular in India and it is right now it’s provided NASM certification also associate with reps India also can u pls tell something

            1. Hey there, I have never heard of the school. Most of my material is geared towards people in North America and parts of Europe. I don’t know exactly what certifications are accepted in India or other parts of the world. Good luck with your personal training career.

        1. can i pass just using your page as a study guide, and are the flashcards on here enough to study or should i use more?

          1. This is definitely a good start to use while studying. You will be able to learn a lot of the concepts just by using my National Academy of sports medicine study guide and practice test. But, if you want more, I suggest using trainer Academy as they have a very high pass rate with their study system.

      1. Would this be beneficial for someone going through ISSA for their certification just for additional knowledge? Or do you need to be going through NASM to be able to utilize this?

        1. The information on this page is just for following along and studying for the NASM exam. Although some information crosses over, I would not use this as your primary source for studying for ISSA.

        1. Hey Natalie, are you looking for a free study guide for the ISSA certification? Or are you just looking for links to purchase the certification itself? I will be working on study guides for ISSA coming right up!

        1. Hey Art,

          No, I do not know too much about them. They look good with the NCCA credentials thats where any cert should start. I will have to look more into it.

              1. Shelley M Quandt

                I live in Michigan i am a massage therapist and have my physical therapist assistant license. I want to work with clients doing stability and mobility to reduce pain from flexed posture. What pt cert would be best for me?

              2. If you want to work on stability and Mobility, the National Academy of sports medicine is definitely the personal training certification to go for it. Good luck.

      2. I am a dietician by profession I have done Bsc In Computer science, dietetics in health and Nitrition , certification in Food and Nutrition and am interested in sports Nutrition course .
        Can u please suggest me a good course from above give course
        Thnx

      3. Hi, Tyler- I just took the NASM/AFAA GFI-C exam on Wednesday. I studied all of the materials, I have been teaching group fitness for a while but had to recertify. I aced the chapter exams and the practice exam. When I went in to take the exam, the wording and questions were extremely different, and I did not pass. I called AFAA when I got home to ask why the huge difference, and they said that one organization writes the book, chapter quizzes, and practice test, and another totally different entity writes the GFI exam. I am confused and don’t know how they get away with this. Ideas???

        1. Sorry to hear that you did not pass the NASM/AFAA GFI exam. Sometimes the study materials provided by the certifying agencies do not line up very well with the exam. That is the way it goes with a lot of different personal training certifications. That’s why here, on my website we build our study materials based on the experiences my students see on the exam. Unfortunately, as of right now I do not have a free or premium study guide for the GFI test. I will be looking into building study materials for that in the future. The biggest recommendation is to try to remember is much as you can the type of questions that they asked you on the exam and go over those parts in the textbook with as much detail. I am not familiar with the other study materials provided by other test prep companies so I can’t give you any advice on where to go for that.

          1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it was different! I passed, but didn’t do as well as I’d like. Now on to decide what certification to pursue next!

            1. Hello Megan,
              congratulations on passing the NASM personal training exam. It is definitely a tough exam to pass but you got through it. In terms of your neck certification, try to find your Niche and the types of clients who like to train before going on and getting a specialization certification.

      4. Hello Tyler,
        I am scheduled to take the NCCA CPT test for extra credentials. I have my CPT certifications with ISSA but think this test may have different material on it. I have my old ISSA books, but some vernacular in this practice test of yours is different or in addition to the older materials I have. Do you have any study suggestions for the NCCA test? I have been looking for a study guide or materials, but haven’t found any.
        Thank you, Victoria

        1. Hello Victoria,
          I’m not exactly sure what you mean by the NCCA CPT exam. The NCCA is an accrediting agency for a lot of the different personal training certifications to make sure that they are legit. Do you mean the NCCPT? All certifications are different from one another especially in the programming department. They are more or less the same in the exercise science sections. Let me know exactly which personal training certification you’re talking about. For now, I only have study materials for ACE and NASM, but I am going to be working on ISSA, ACSM and NSCA in the coming months.

      5. hey Tyler just a question I am more of a flash card study person is it possible to pass with just studying the flash cards and reading the text book

        1. Hey Burnie,
          You can absolutely pass the NASM exam with just using flashcards and the textbook. My premium flashcards study system has over 1100 flashcards and uses space repetition studying so that you save time and only focus on the more difficult cards until you have mastered them. This study system has helped me learn tons of different things such as Spanish, personal training certifications and much more. On top of this, I highly recommend the study guide as it will tell you exactly what to study from the textbook and my practice test will make sure you have all the information you need to feel confident in passing the real exam. I hope this helped and good luck with studying!

      6. Dear Tyler,

        I have read most of your material and am interested in how you can aid one in the course material and passing the exam. I am still uncertain which class to take. I am 57, extremely fit, win races, and am going to alongside a Physician who will be doing public speaking on fitness and anti-aging. Your explanation of how to find the areas to study out of NASM seems good, but time consuming out of a 700 page textbook.

        When studying for my Florida Licensed Exam I did best with repetition and flashcards.

        Like most people I’d like to take the course in a reasonable amount of time and then do well on the exam. I currently don’t work and have the time along with being quite anxious to start a career.

        Grateful for your reply,

        Kathleen Dean

        1. Hello Kathleen,
          I agree that the 700 page NASM textbook is extremely difficult to sift through as it has a ton of information overall. My recommendation would to pick up my premium NASM study guide. This study guide points out exactly what you need to study in each chapter through specific assignment questions that you should go through an answer.

          It also has the answers to these assignment questions that some people use as a cream guide or to double check that their answers are correct. In terms of the flashcards, the premium package also comes with spaced repetition flashcards 1100 of them. I totally agree, this is one of the better ways to study for repetitive information that you need to memorize is to use flashcards especially in this space repetition format that I use.

          Before you take the test, I suggest using some of the NASM practice tests that come with the package. There are five of them and you can take them as many times as you would like until you feel confident enough that you will pass the real exam. I hope this was extremely helpful and good luck with all the studying. You will do fantastic on the NASM exam, I know it!

          1. Great site and info. My question is are there answers and explanations for the practice tests or is it like your example test? Thanks!

            1. Hello Chris,
              Currently, I do not have the answer sheet posted on my website for the NASM practice test on this page. I have been getting a lot of requests and I will be working on that soon but I have just been totally swamped haha. I will try to get to it as soon as I can and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      7. Dear Tyler,

        I am looking at the ACE and NASM website and came across your site. I am not looking to get paid for being a Personal Trainer, I am just looking to help myself and family members out with weight issues and past bone/fx issues. I don’t plan on having any “real” clients. Which of the two programs would you prefer

        1. Hello Kenny,
          Both ACE and NASM have great programs. Both of the personal training tests have about the same pass rate so in terms of difficulty they are about the same. If you just planning on working with family members and friends that are trying to fix weight issues or muscular imbalances, I would go with NASM. I hope this helps and good luck with all the studying.

      8. Hey Tyler,

        Love the study material! I’m noticing that the exam questions you have here are quite a bit more difficult than what’s on the NASM online practice exams. Did these questions come from the 2019 exam?

        1. Hey Carly,
          I chose a mix between medium difficulty and difficult questions because depending on which version of the exam you get, you can see a lot of these on them. The NASM test is graded on the scaled system. This means that some tests are easy, some tests are very difficult and some are in between. It’s a better idea to prepare yourself for the more difficult questions just in case you get that version of the exam. Good luck with all the studying!

      9. Is it mandatory to pay hundreds of dollars to take a course in order to sit for the exam? I’m having a hard time understanding why I can’t buy the materials off eBay for less than $5 and then take the exam without paying $600+ for a course unless it’s required to sit for the exam.

        1. Hello Stephanie, The only thing you need in order to take the exam is the exam entrance fee. They actually offer the exam only option on their website but it is difficult to find because they would like you to purchase their more expensive options with more expensive study materials. What I would recommend is just get the textbook and a good study guide such as the one over at trainer Academy. I hope this helps. https://www.ptpioneer.com/recommends/trainer-academy-nasm/

      10. Dear Tyler,

        I am currently studying for the NASM Exam. My test is scheduled for July 18 I signed up for the NASM selfstudy course which gives me the book and the on line modules. I am readying the book but i am finding it difficult to concentrate and retain the information. I was never a great test and note taker in school but I am more of a visual learner and audio learner. All i need is a little direction on where to put most of my energy in when studying. I want a good grade but my only goal as of now is to pass this test. I am willing to do what it takes as far as courses and learning the best way to retain the material and learn the concepts enough to pass the test. Please reach out to me i would greatly appreciate it sir!

        1. I feel where you are coming from Jacob. If you are in audio learner or a visual learner, the team over at trainer I And he has some excellent study materials for you in order to prepare for the NASM exam. Just reading out of the book can be very overwhelming for the majority of people. Getting some direction will definitely give you the best chances of passing the exam. I hope this helps and good luck

      11. Christina Auschwitz

        Hello Tyler,
        To be clear, purchasing a CPT study package through Trainer Academy can completely replace the study materials/packages offered on NASM website? For a significantly cheaper price?

        1. Hey Christina,
          The only study materials that you need from NASM in order to go through the trainer Academy program is the primary textbook. There study guide follows along with the textbook and just exactly what you need to study in order to pass the exam. The NASM study materials are a lot more broad and do not tell you what you need to study in order to pass the exam. They basically say study everything. This can be overwhelming for the majority of individuals and results in such a high failure rate on the exam. I hope this helps.

          1. I wanted to leave a quick comment on this. I purchased the Trainer Academy MVP package and initially thought I could just study the information in the study guide, but 1. when I start studying the flash cards, I find questions that were not part of the study guide and 2. I just took the Domain 1 quiz (thru Trainer Academy) and several questions are not covered in the study guide. I got a 70 on Domain 1, which is better than I thought I would do so I’m happy, but moral of the story…I’m realizing I need to change how I’m studying. I agree the study guide gives you a lot of guided info that you wouldn’t otherwise know to focus on, but not all. I’m only saying this as there doesn’t seem to be much room for error on the actual test. Also, per Trainer Academy, chapter two is a big deal on the actual NASM test. I could be wrong but I thought somewhere on here you mentioned not to stress too much over chapter two. Again, I could be wrong, but just FYI.

        1. Hello Garland,
          I am currently not selling my study materials on my website. But Trainer Academy has even better study materials that also include a NASM study guide, NASM practice tests as well as NASM flashcards. They also have additional stuff like study blueprints, muscle coloring books, cool mnemonics, a NASM cheat sheet and even more. I suggest checking them out here https://traineracademy.org/nasm/

      12. Hi…. I took my NASM exam this past weekend and failed it. I thought I was very prepared but when I got there none of the questions where anything like the quizzes in the NASM study guide. I’m frustrated, upset, annoyed. Any suggestions?

        1. Hello, I’m so sorry to hear that you failed the NASM exam. It is definitely a tough one. My study guide is a very broad study guide that kind of covers everything. That being said, it does not give you specific direction on what you need to pass the test. I suggest checking out Trainer Academy as they have more guided study plans and will give you a much better chance of passing the exam the second time around. Good luck! https://traineracademy.org/

        2. Hi Shell, I understand where you are coming from. I failed my exam in February but I am about ready to retest soon, maybe in the next week. I kinda held back since then because of my school but I have been going hard in my studies. I have purchased the PocketPrep app from the AppStore, I would highly recommend it. I also purchased the ultimate pack for $29.99 which gives you an additional 800 questions and it explains all the questions and where to find them in the chapter. Best of luck, if theres anything else I can provide reach out to me. Thanks

          1. Good luck to both you for the next time you take the NASM exam! Pocket prep has some good questions. I also recommend Trainer Academy as their practice test simulate the real time to test for two hours. They also let you take tests that are 120 questions whereas pocket prep gives you a maximum of 100 per session. Keep up the good studying for both of you guys and I’m sure you guys will ace it the next time around!

      13. Hi!
        I have been reading the NASM CPT exam book for the past few months and finally scheduled my test date for 4 weeks from now. I am nervous and want to make sure I’m getting all the right information in my brain. You mentioned using Mnemonics for the overhead squat assessment and upper/lower crossed syndromes and Pronation disorder syndrome. Can you give me an example of how to do that with that information. Or how to think logically about what muscles are being weakened/overactive/shorted? Especially with the overhead squat assessment!
        My plan for the next 4 weeks is to take as many practice tests as possible and to look over the main concepts in the book. Any further suggestions?
        Thanks so much!

        1. Hey Ashley,
          You can either create your own mnemonics by using certain programs such as https://www.mnemonicgenerator.com/ Or you can purchase certain study materials that already have created mnemonics for the NASM program and in particular the overactive and underactive muscles for the fitness assessments such as the overhead squat assessment. I suggest checking out https://traineracademy.org/nasm/ As they have some pretty helpful mnemonics as well as a study blueprint that includes a four week study plan with their materials. It is totally possible to be fully prepared in four weeks time so good luck with all the studying and I know that you are going to crush the test!